Dominic Ducharm received his first opportunity in the NHL with Mark Bergevin. In April 2018, Bergwin hired him as an assistant to Claude Julian. In February 2021, Bergwin re-elected Julian to replace him.
But there will never be a permanent job in the NHL. Ducharm was aware of this fact, as was Bergevin. A few hours before the game against Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Center, the white-haired man first commented on the dismissal of his general manager.
“I talked to Mark a few times on Sunday,” Ducharm said. With staff and players, we talk about hockey, but we work with people every day. When you see someone leave, it never feels pleasant. There is hockey, but there are also people we work with every day. ”
In his role as head coach since last year, Ducharme has had a very close relationship with his GM.
“For the last ten months, we have been talking to each other at least once a day, sometimes two or three times. Mark is a passionate, integrated man. I have always had a good relationship with him. ”
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Ducharm will have to find a new boss in the coming days under Jeff Gorton, executive vice president of hockey operations.
“No, I do not know about him at all. I know what he did in the past. I spoke to him on the phone very quickly, it was a conversation to introduce himself. I look forward to meeting him and working with him for the future. ”
In the first year of his three-year contract, Ducharm will now have to convince Gorton and the next GM that he will be a loyal man to the team. A situation that is not confusing to him.
“We talked about controlling what we can control. For me, I repeat. But I had to prove myself day by day, year after year, to get here. That’s hockey, especially in the NHL. I think it will be the same for everyone. ”